INLAND FISHERIES - 1. Rehabilitation of inland waters for fisheries

6 Suppl. 1


1. Rehabilitation of inland waters for fisheries

Rome, 2008

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FAO Fisheries Department
Rehabilitation of Inland Waters for Fisheries.
FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries. No. 6 Suppl. 1, Rome, FAO. 2008. 122p.


Many rivers, lakes and other inland waters have been modified and degraded by human activities. Rehabilitation of degraded systems and mitigation of impacts of ongoing stresses are needed to preserve ecosystem services and fisheries, and are of a high priority if the aquatic biodiversity of inland waters is to be conserved. A number of technical solutions for rehabilitation and mitigation are available to restore habitat diversity, provide for environmental flows and ensure longitudinal and lateral connectivity within such systems. It is recommended that such methods are applied on a basin-wide scale but it is recognized that more restricted sections of waterbodies may have to be targeted. Planning for rehabilitation projects needs to be carefully conceived with a clear statement of the objectives of the rehabilitation and selection of the methods to be used. The selection of appropriate methods for any particular waterbody depends on local social and economic conditions and priorities. Land tenure, local laws and the interests of other local stakeholders in the resource also need to be incorporated into rehabilitation plans. In international rivers and lakes rehabilitation plans may need negotiation and cooperation by all riparian states. After execution, rehabilitation projects should be carefully monitored as to their success in meeting the objectives and modified should they fail to achieve the expected results.


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Preparation of this document 
Guidelines flow chart

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1.  Introduction
1.1  Context
1.2  Strategies
1.3  Concepts and approaches

2.  Social, economic and legal issues
2.1   Ecosystem services
2.2   Societal goals
2.3   Legal aspects
2.4   Goals and objectives

3.  Ecosystem assessment and identification of rehabilitation actions
3.1   Assessment of Ecosystem Condition
3.2   Identification of disrupted ecosystem processes and potential rehabilitation actions
3.3   Prioritization of rehabilitation actions

4.  Rehabilitation measures
4.1   Water quality
4.2   Vegetation
4.3   Rivers
4.3   Lakes and reservoirs

5.  Monitoring
5.1   Issue

6.  References

7.  Glossary

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ANNEX I:   The main reproductive guilds of fish and their responses of to changes
                  in flow regime and the form of the environment

ANNEX II:  The main feeding guilds of fish and their responses of to changes in flow
                  regime and the form of the environment

ANNEX III: The main ecological guilds of fish in rivers and their responses of to changes
                  in flow regime and the form of the environment

ANNEX IV: Summary of criteria for broad-level classification of rivers

ANNEX V:  Some habitats of river systems

ANNEX VI: The main ecological communities of fish in lakes and reservoirs, and their
                   responses of to changes in flow regime and the form of the environment